We had Scott Ian and John Bush from ANTHRAX over
Spain doing promotion for their latest record "We've Come For You
All" released recently through Nuclear Blast Records in Europe.
So, we took the opportunity and met the guys at a hotel here in Madrid.
Of course, we hoped to get Scott Ian to make the interview but as one
of the guys from the label in Madrid told us, it was so stressing for
him that it was necessary to split the interviews as much as possible,
so no problem at all, we talked with John that was a really cool guy.
The interview was short, as we all had not much than 20 minutes to ask
everything, but I really think it was time enough to know more about
the recent ANTHRAX work.
Well, some people ask themselves how that you've
gone with Nuclear Blast Records? How did you get the deal?
it's simple. Nuclear Blast is one of the biggest Metal labels around
the world. They have become the most important and supportive labels
for this genre in the whole universe, man! We've had experiences with
big multinationals and they usually have many different bands from many
different styles in their catalogue. But with Nuclear Blast you know
that they know their work very well. You don't take the risk of doing
a mistake by signing with them. Anyway it's too soon to say nothing
about their work, although the simple fact that we're right now talking
over here is a proof that they are doing it well. The label offered
us the deal and we accepted after having studied each and every aspect
of the deal. And we're satisfied.
Did it help the fact of having released the
latest S.O.D. album through them?
Not really! I don't think so. People working at the label are
all time fans of the band since the first years of ANTHRAX. We know
that they grew listening the old records from the band and when it happened
that we started to have troubles with our previous label, they started
to show their interest in ANTHRAX. The fact that Scott and Charlie have
this project and Nuclear Blast released their latest record is just
a coincidence, as styles are not exactly the same for both bands. But
well, now both bands are under the same label. And that's good, isn't
What do you think of Nuclear Blast today? When
you were releasing records like "Attack Of The Killer B's",
they were one of those small labels and distros that started to spread
the Death Metal and Grindcore thing all around, and now they're one
of the big ones into Metal, don't you think so?
Well, of course, they have been active for so many years and
they have grown as a label and as a strong force into the Metal movement
today. I didn't know the label in those times you're telling me. Maybe
the first time I heard of them was like a few years ago. But the important
thing is that they are now what they are and that they are supporting
the Metal movement strongly enough to have took our attention. They
know what they do and it's shown in every aspect of the business. When
you're constant in what you do, the reward use to be big. And that's
exactly what have happened with the label. Of course, now I know a lot
more info about Nuclear Blast and the bands they have had all along
those years and the big work they have done for the business and the
Metal movement and that's something big.
first thing they released for the band was a MCD called "Safe Home".
What can you tell us about this single? Tell us something about the
three songs featured.
It was an idea we had to make things clear for people and media
that ANTHRAX were still alive and kicking. We thought it was a good
idea while we were recording the new album to have something released.
And so, we decided to put out those three songs. The songs featured
are "Safe Home", that's a song from the new album, then there's
the radio edit of this same song and then there's "Taking Home
The Music Back". I think it's a good selection of songs for the
old and the new fans to check some new stuff from the band.
Lets talk a bit more about "We've Come
For You All". As far as I know it has some collaborations from
some very known musicians. What can you tell me about that?
Well, in the song "Taking Home The Music Back" there's
a special contribution from Roger Daltrey from THE WHO. Also Dimebag
Darrell, from PANTERA contributes in the songs "Cadillac Rock Box"
and on "Strap It On". We felt the need to invite some friends
to make something special for the album and the result is simply fantastic.
Who produced it?
It was produced by Rob Caggiano and he did a pretty good job
for this new record.
What are for you the main differences between
this new work and the latest ones? How would you describe the new songs?
I don't think it's so different than the previous ones. It's
still an ANTHRAX album with many different parts that can appeal to
a wide audience. And that's exactly what we look for on each new album.
We don't want to label our music or focus it in just one type of music.
Our sound is recognizable each time you listen to one of our songs and
that's something we really want for our music. You have the fastest
rhythms, the more danceable ones, you have everything you can expect
from an ANTHRAX record. Variety and fun! A simple formula!
What are you favourite songs from the new record,
if there's any?
I have no preference for any of the songs as each and every one
is part of the record, but I'd say for example "Superhero"
or maybe "Nobody Knows Anything". I don't know... each song
is special and I'm sure that people would like it for sure!
After releasing your previous record "Attack
Of The Killer A's" like three years ago, what were you doing? Why
have it took for you like three years to release this new album?
we really wanted to make something fresh and new with this new album,
apart of the fact of changing of label and other personal things for
each member in the band. We didn't want to release a new album like
one year after the previous one or something like this. So, it took
some time to write the new stuff, rehearse it and then entering a studio
to record it. And I think that the result is worth the wait, isn't it?
What do you think when people still say that
you're a Thrash Metal band?
Well, it's part of our roots, isn't it? At least, ANTHRAX started
a s a Thrash band, and we still keep elements from this style and we
respect it a lot. But lets better say that we're now a Metal band that
can be easily heard by Metal or Rock fans worldwide. We even have this
LYNYRD SKYNYRD type song called called "Cadillac Rock Box"
that a lot of the old fans won't go to understand for sure! ANTHRAX
is a band to have fun and the best way to have fun is by playing music.
At least I think so!
Well John, what kind of relationship do you
keep with Joey Belladonna? I know that you even did some shows with
him as guest singer or something like this, isn't it?
I don't have any relationship with him. I see him each once in
a while at a festival or something, but he has his thing and I have
mine. Yes, we did some shows with him in the past and it was very funny.
The guy was at the stage and all the people were waiting like some kind
of fight or something like this and in the contrary, we did enjoy the
show a lot. I have nothing against him or his past in the band. He did
his job and now I'm doing mine. The rest is history.
What memories do you have from Dave Pritchard,
ex-ARMORED SAINT (your previous band) guitar player who died of leukemia?
I think that it affected you very much during some time, isn't it?
Hey man! It was one of the worst periods in all my life. The
guy was so cool, so honest and so good that he used to come to his friends
and trying to make them think positively while he was dying! He did
come and say things like: "hey, shit happens, man!" or "everything's
all right, bro!"... and you were seeing him near to die and it
was a very hard period. He was the best, man!
Well, this question was more for Scott Ian,
but I really think that you can answer it from your point of view, as
you have been involved in the scene since a very long time ago with
your previous band ARMORED SAINT. How different do you see the Metal
simply amazing! Today everything is easier. There is more people around
involved in the business thing. There are thousands of bands playing
and trying to express themselves and that's something we didn't have
in the past. It's great to see so many people attending the shows with
Metal bands. Ten years ago or so, everything was more difficult, for
bands, the fans and the labels. And I really think that it has been
a step ahead for everyone of us involved in the Metal community.
Maybe you don't want to speak about this, but
I need to ask. How it all affected the band the terrorist attacks on
September 11th in New York? Have you had any trouble with the name?
Have you ever thought since then on changing the name of the band?
No, not at all, we never thought on changing the name of the
band. There are thousand different diseases, viruses, bacteries with
different names and the simple fact that our name is related to the
facts happened in our land, is not enough to make us change the name.
Anyway, we have not had several problems with the name. ANTHRAX has
been the name of the band for many years and it represents much to us,
our fans and the whole Metal scene to go and change it. About the terrorist
attacks, well, there are no words to express our feelings for this massacre.
It was simply crazy and demential!!!
Did any of the members loose anyone in the
Well John, thanx a lot for the interview. It's
always a pleasure to have you over here in Spain doing promotion and
talking to you directly. If you want to add something, feel free to
No, thanx to you all, to the label here in Spain and we really
hope to come soon to Spain to give some shows for the Spanish crowd.